Sri Lanka is an incredible country so it is not a surprise that many visitors wish to stay for longer than their visa allows. The Sri Lanka ETA has a total validity of 6 months from the date of issue and allows a stay of up to 30 days in the country for tourist, commercial or transit purposes. A visitor who wants to stay more than 30 days in Sri Lanka can request an extension. The short-stay visa may be extended for up to 90 days from the date of arrival at the first instance and a further 90 days at the second instance.
Applicants can reapply online for a Sri Lanka online visa (ETA). The process is the same as the original application. It just involves completing the application form and paying the visa fee with a credit or debit card.
Travelers should be aware that overstaying a visa without extending it can lead to fines, detentions, and deportations from Sri Lanka. Thankfully, extending your Sri Lanka eTA is quick and simple.
Renewing Your eTA for Sri Lanka
To extend a Sri Lanka eTA visitors just need to complete the Sri Lanka eTA application by entering information such as their name, address, date of birth, passport details, and travel plans. There are also some questions related to health and security. All applicants must also meet the eTA requirements (listed below).
It is essential to answer all the questions fully and accurately as errors and missing information can cause complications and even Sri Lanka visa extension rejections in some cases. Even small mistakes such as mistyped words and numbers can cause problems so applicants should carefully revise all the information they enter before submission.
To submit the form, applicants need to pay a fee using a credit or debit card. The ETA application is then processed by the relevant authorities. The vast majority of applications are quickly approved within 24 hours of submission.
During the ETA application process, applicants receive notifications and updates regarding the status of their application by email. Approved Sri Lanka eTA renewals are also received by email.
Sri Lanka eTA Renewal Requirements
To be eligible to apply for a Sri Lanka eTA renewal applicants must meet the all the eTA requirements. To apply, it is only necessary to have an eligible passport (which is valid for 6 months) and a credit or debit card to pay the fee.
However, after completing the initial application it is also necessary to provide some supporting documentation at the border (if reentering). Is necessary to present the following:
- A printed copy of the ETA Sri Lanka renewal
- Proof of sufficient funds to cover the extension of the trip
- A confirmed return ticket or an onward ticket to another destination
Travelers from the following countries must also provide a yellow fever vaccination certificate at the port of entry to Sri Lanka to comply with International health regulations:
- Central African Republic
- French Guiana
- Equatorial Guinea
- Sierra Leone
- Sao Tome and Principe
- United Republic of Uganda
Applying for a Visa Extension in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Visa extension applications can also be made at the Immigration Services Centre in Colombo or at the Department of Immigration and Emigration in Battaramulla. Extensions are usually given in blocks of 3 months though 6 month extensions are also possible.
The following documentation is required when you apply for a visa extension in Sri Lanka:
- Original passport
- Color passport size photo (3.5 x 2.5 cm)
- Proof of sufficient financial resources to cover the period of stay
- Proof of a return air ticket or proof of onward travel